I have severe chronic pain due to a. totally messed up back. Even with 50 mcg, 3-day Fentenyl patch, and 60 to 80 mg Oxycodone, this doesn't completely handle the pain. On a good day, the pain might be a 3 or 4. On a bad day, it's more like 8. It's mainly from Osteoarthritis in my Lumbar spine, but I also have arthritis in my hands, feet,, neck, knees, shoulders, etc., but also fron Crohn' s and Fibromyalgia. I have maintained the same dosage level of meds for about 10 years. I REALLY don't want to get into the doseage increase spiral. I'd like to get off the opioid. I am 65 and am aware that older people can wake up dead because these meds are metabolized more slowly and can build up in your system. The Fentenyl, BTW, was Rx'd to replace Oxycontin which was being stolen by a family member, and
Oxycodone IR has no Percocet. I can't take Aspirin or NSAIDS due to my Crohn' s. The Oxy is supposed to be for breakthrough pain, but I take it on a schedule to it stay ahead of the pain. Sort of. I also take Cymbalta and Celebrex to help with the pain. All prescribed. I've tried hard not to abuse them, but sometimes I TAKE a little extra extra o shorten the interval. So. That's it. What on earth can I do to get off these drugs? I've heard there is a news drug that connects with the Opiod receptors and thus reduces the need for the opiatees. Supposed to ease withdrawal. Amphitheatre of this? Any other suggestions? And I'm afraid of the pain, which, if not controlled by these drugs, might flatten me. I feel stuck between a rock and a hard place. Thanks much to anybody who can help and Bless all oof you.